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California Sisters Win USTA Pro Circuit Doubles at TCU PDF Print E-mail
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Sierra (L) and sister RoxanneRoxanne and Sierra Ellison, who reached the doubles semifinals of this tournament last year, returned to win the $10,000 Women’s Pro Tennis Classic at TCU. They beat Lauren Herring and Mia King, 6-3, 6-4, in Saturday’s final.  Former Florida Gators star Lauren Embree won the singles title, 3-6, 6-1, 3-1 (retired), over Japan’s Miyu Kato in Sunday’s final. Kato struggled with the 104-degree heat and needed help leaving the court. Click here to see our photo gallery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:23
Arlington’s Brasko Celebrates 73rd Birthday with Bryans & Company at Texas Wild Match PDF Print E-mail
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Peggy and Bunnies with doubles duo extraordinaire Mike & Bob BryanIf you have played tennis in Arlington for a long time (especially at Arlington Tennis Center), you have probably met Peggy Brasko—or heard her having fun with friends on a nearby court (or barking orders at them, like the hands-on, veteran captain she is). I have known her for more than 20 years, and she is always a bundle of energy, ready to head south to Newk’s tennis ranch in New Braunfels with a bunch of friends or host a luncheon for all-comers.

Brasko turned 73 on July 25, and to celebrate she organized a group outing to the July 20 Texas Wild World Team Tennis match at the Four Seasons. She and her pals also spent the night at the hotel, adding to the adventure.

They got their pictures taken with the Bryan Brothers and with Eugenie Bouchard, all of whom play for the Wild, as well as with team owner Jeff Launius. Bouchard unwittingly set up Brasko to utter a classic USTA captain’s line.

“[Eugenie Bouchard] ran over to become a BRASKO BUNNY,” Brasko told via email. “We told her she was welcome on our team if she would play singles ... What a blast we had.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:25
Krueger Sends Tips to DTA Juniors Via Video from Holland PDF Print E-mail
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Mitchell Krueger won his first pro singles titleAledo’s Mitch Krueger recently recorded a video for Dallas Tennis Association juniors while he was playing a few pro tournaments in the Netherlands. While there, he won his first pro singles tournament and made the doubles final of another with partner Bjorn Fratangelo.

In the video Krueger made, he offers tips to young players about what it takes to become a pro, which he did in the summer of 2012. He admits that he hasn’t made it yet but that the discipline he has had throughout his young career helped get him to this point.

He credits lots of practice, thick skin (“Everyone loses,” he says), and the support of his parents, who attended his junior matches as often as they could. The video is about six minutes long and worth a viewing by young players.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:07
Refreshing Victory for 3.5 Doubles Partners PDF Print E-mail
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Destiny and AllyUpon upsetting the top seeds in the East Texas Major Zone’s 3.5 doubles, Fort Worth partners Allyson Garrison and Destiny Opitz kept their pre-match promise: “Destiny said, ‘If we beat those hotshots from San Antonio, then we have to jump in the pool in our tennis clothes,’ ” Garrison said.

They needed a SuperTiebreak to knock out the San Antonio team, and then they got to work on fulfilling their promise. The tournament was June 14-16 at Tyler Tennis & Swim Club, but they didn’t want to invade the pool there. “We figured they would frown upon our plunge,” Garrison said. Instead, they jumped into a hotel pool down the street.

“It was a very difficult match,” said Garrison, who plays at McLeland Tennis Center. “We were so thrilled when we won. It was extremely hot and humid in Tyler, so the water was quite refreshing!” Opitz plays at Richland Tennis Center.

My favorite part is that this was only their first-round match. They had to win three more matches to earn the championship. Guess they must have dried themselves off by then. Congratulations, ladies.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 June 2013 16:37
Fort Worth’s Galvin Wins Two SuperChamp Titles at Major Zone PDF Print E-mail
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Shauna Galvin (left) defeated Meghna Tripathy in the Girls 12s final in Abilene.Shauna Galvin of Fort Worth won the Girls 12 singles and doubles championships at the Abilene Super Championship Major Zone, which was held from July 13-15. Galvin, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 7 Meghna Tripathy of Sugar Land, 6-1, 6-3, in the singles final.

Galvin and partner Kiana Graham of Austin were the top seeds in the doubles bracket. They beat Austin duo Anushka and Megha Dania in the final, 8-3 —but they didn’t get medals, because the medals said “14s” instead of “12s.” They were happy as could be, nonetheless, and looked adorable in their yellow  “Little Mo” T-shirts.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 16:44
Brookhaven’s JTT 12-Under Advanced Team Takes Second at State Championships PDF Print E-mail
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Team members (L-R): Arjun Kersten of Farmers Branch, Max Platt of Dallas, Kishan Kersten of Farmers Branch, Williams, Alli Ziehm of Little Elm and Grace Dodd of Corinth. Fort Worth’s Avery Williams, a new SuperChamp, plays for the Junior Team Tennis 12-under advanced team from Brookhaven. Her team placed second to Austin Tennis Academy at the USTA Texas JTT Spring Championships on June 29-30 in Waco.

Thanks to Avery’s mom, Alyssa, for the photo and the names of the players. She does a great job of alerting of what’s happening in Avery’s age group, which is a handful when you are talking about 10-year-olds.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 July 2013 16:13
Fort Worth’s Rutledge, Wichita Falls’ Curry Win Capsher Texas Grand Slam Singles Titles PDF Print E-mail
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Fort Worth’s Eric Rutledge continued his magnificent 2013 by winning the Boys 16s singles title at the Capsher Texas Grand Slam.Congratulations to Eric Rutledge and Connor Curry, who won the Boys 16s (Rutledge) and 18s (Curry) singles titles at the prestigious Capsher Texas Grand Slam, “the holy grail of junior tournaments,” says Fort Worth All Saints coach Linton Lewis. The tournament was held June 14-22 at Linton LewisTexas A&M University in College Station.

Arlington’s Jonathan Sheehy and partner Alex Gee won the Boys 14s doubles championship. Frisco’s Madison Hwang won the Girls 14s singles and reached the doubles final. USTA Texas has a nice Facebook photo gallery... be on the lookout for a Q&A with Rutledge this coming week. He tells about his phenomenal results this year and his future plans.

In conjunction with the tournament was The Championship Masters at the Capsher Texas Grand Slam. Local stars Avery Williams (Girls 12s) and Christian Gonzalez (Boys 12s), whose performances earned them newly minted SuperChamp status. Williams of Fort Worth and Gonzalez of Burleson are 9-year-olds, and both regularly compete well in MCB “Little Mo” tournaments.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 July 2013 10:28
Host Families Needed for Women’s Pro Tournament July 29-Aug. 4 at TCU PDF Print E-mail
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Ladies’ pro tennis returns to TCU in late JulyLast summer, my husband and I hosted a player for the Fort Worth Women’s $10K, a USTA Pro Circuit event at TCU. We enjoyed the experience.

During the tourney, we discovered that many other players needed places to stay. One player was driving back and forth from Sherman throughout the tournament, which must have been exhausting, because she made it to the singles and doubles finals—a mixed blessing.

Tournament director Linda Cappel says host families are in demand for the upcoming tournament, too, so contact her if you would like to participate. The dates are July 29 through Aug. 4. Qualifying rounds start on the 26th. Reach Cappel by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at the TCU pro shop: 817-257-7960.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 15:58

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